Impact 3 Inch Short

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Women's Apparel Size & Fit Chart
Impact 3 Inch Short
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Large
100% of customers say it fits true

APPAREL sizing


Measure under the arms at the fullest point of the bust


Measure around your natural waist, narrowest point


Measure around the fullest part of your hips while standing

Chest Waist Hip
XS (0-2) 30-32 24-26 33-35
S (4-6) 32-35 26-28 35-38
M (8-10) 35-37 28-31 38-40
L (12-14) 37-40 31-34 40-43
XL (16-18) 40-44 34-38 43-47
XXL (20-22) 44-47 38-42 47-50

WOMEN'S fit guide - bottoms

woman in fitted bottoms


Snug against body for range of motion with no extra fabric.

woman in athletic bottoms


Skims the hip and thigh for act1ive movement. Rises are close to the body, but not tight.

woman in relaxed bottoms


Generous cut through the hip and thigh. Rises sit away from the body for total comfort.

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Our Impact 3" Running Short has a streamlined fit so nothing slows you down. The wide, knit power-mesh waistband delivers marathon-quality comfort, while NB Dry fabric wicks sweat to help keep you comfortable throughout every mile.
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This mid-rise short also features an adjustable internal drawcord and an internal brief for a layer of comfort and coverage. Plus, an all-important back zip pocket for stashing small essentials during your run.
  • Material: 86% Polyester and 14% Spandex
  • 3 inch inseam
  • Athletic fit
  • Back zipper pocket
  • Contour waistband with power mesh
  • Imported
  • Internal brief
  • Internal drawcord
  • Mid rise
  • Silver reflective logos and trims


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Releases moisture away from the body
Fast drying

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customer reviews
2.9 out of 5 stars
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Large
100% of customers say it fits true
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Kelly Z
New York
July 10, 2017
Overall Fit True to Size
My go to race shorts
Kelly ZNew York
July 10, 2017
Overall Fit True to Size
Love these shorts! the back pocket fits my iPhone 6 and my inhaler together, which means I do not need additional pockets when I run in them. The length is perfect, and I do not chafe when wearing these shorts (unless it is raining, but that is not the shorts fault.). If between sizes, I would go for the smaller size, as it holds the stuff in the pocket still without bouncing better.
St Louis
June 16, 2017
Still a Great Short for Running and Workouts
SYoSt Louis
June 16, 2017
After reading other reviews, i was hesitant to try these since I love the previous version so much. I am glad I decided to give them a chance. Yes, the waistband is different than before, but I like it better. They are still just as comfortable; however, the stiffer waistband keeps them in place better while running. I loved the comfort of the previous version , but often found myself stopping to retie the drawstring as they became too loose mid-run/workout. read more
November 30, 2016
Why did you change the perfect shorts?
November 30, 2016
I was so disappointed to discover New Balance had totally redesigned what had been great shorts. The waistband, gathering at the waist, fabric, and cut are completely different. These are not minor updates. This is a different (worse) product. I would have bought multiple pairs of the old model every year! Now I guess I'll have to find a new brand.
August 17, 2016
Great fit!
August 17, 2016
I have tried every brand of running/workout shorts out there & by far, I'm happiest with these shorts from NB. They have a wonderful wide waistband & are short without being too short for this over 40 woman. A big plus for me is the drawstring which actually ties instead of that single loop style which never works well for me. I need a drawstring that I can pull, tie and untie & these shorts have it! My only negative is the fit around the hips/legs. These shorts read more
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Rhode Island
June 19, 2016
Please bring back last year's shorts!!!
PatriciaRhode Island
June 19, 2016
These look similar but are NOT the same as the great version sold last year! They are heavy and tight in the waist. The pocket on the waist band was a nice idea but the changes RUINED my all-time favorite shorts. The pocket is not worth it--please go back to the 2015 version (I promise to buy 10 pairs).
June 13, 2016
Very different from last year's style!
June 13, 2016
I was wondering if I was the only person who felt this way, but I see that I'm not. I ordered 2 pairs as I live in the ones I bought last year. The internal drawcord is horrible and the waistband is tight - I've tried stretching them out but nothing works. The drawcord is thick and cannot be removed because it's sewn in. Last year's style made me feel confident and good in my skin - while working out or just lounging. Please, please bring back last year's style read more
Greenwood, MO
May 25, 2016
Last years were way better!
SarahGreenwood, MO
May 25, 2016
I used to absolutely LOVE these shorts and lived in them last year. I was very disappointed to see they changed them this year and they arent even ok anymore. They feel like a much hearvier, thicker matterial and the waist band doesnt stretch like last years making them feel constricting.....New Balance please please please bring back last years!!!
CynthiaM Williams
Cathedral City, CA, USA
May 01, 2016
Like an iron maiden ...
CynthiaM WilliamsCathedral City, CA, USA
May 01, 2016
Well constructed and cute, but the waistband is so tight I can't breathe. At 5.5 and 111 lbs, I am not even remotely fat. The elastic waistband is simply too tight. Too uncomfortable to wear for more than short periods. I wanted to like it, but I'm disappointed. I hoped it would stretch out with use but it hasn't.
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